Eric "Ricky" McKinnie of The Blind Boys of Alabama

Eric "Ricky" McKinnie

ERIC “RICKY” McKINNIE of The Blind Boys of Alabama & Friends

Musical Guest: Amy Ray, Randall Bramblett , Kevn Kinney,Micheal Tolcher, Harold Holloway, Mike Killeen and more!

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Eric "Ricky" McKinnie (born July 12, 1952) is an American gospel singer, drummer, radio show host, recording studio owner and songwriter, best known for performing with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama, for which he also serves as road business manager. McKinnie has performed with a variety of gospel acts, including the Gospel Keynotes and his own group, the Ricky McKinnie Singers.

Randall Bramblett

This is the 2nd Annual All-Request Acoustic Show with Randall Bramblett & Nick Johnson. If you'd like to submit your requests for the show, email nancy@randallbramblett.com with a list of your top 5 requests!

Randall Bramblett has kept great company over the years. From his early career with Capricorn Records (Cowboy, Gregg Allman, Sea Level) to his more recent tours with Widespread Panic, Traffic, Steve Winwood and most recently Bonnie Raitt, he has worked with the best in the business.

The multi-Grammy winning Raitt has been a Bramblett devotee since the late Stephen Bruton gave her a copy of 2001's No More Mr. Lucky. She invited Bramblett's band on the road to open shows and recorded his compositions "God Was in the Water" which appears on the album Souls Alike, and the gutsy "Used To Rule the World" (which has become a focus track) on Slipstream, which in addition to winning Grammy gold has sold more than 300,000 units to date.

The self-effacing artist downplays his previous sideman status, yet is grateful for valuable lessons gained from his work with Gregg Allman ("I learned about organ, vocals and drama through the bluesiness and dynamics of his playing"), watching The Band's Levon Helm ("his joy of playing freed me up") and Steve Winwood ("he taught me a lot about organ and melody, working out details and how to create the background beds he was so good at").

The challenge of composing moving, often emotionally driven songs with words that aim to stir the listener's feelings has always motivated Bramblett and creates this inspired album. Writing a song is "like playing with the pieces of a puzzle or playing in the sand until you start seeing something," he asserts.

"Randall is in my opinion one of the most gifted & talented southern singer-songwriter musicians of the past several decades." ~ Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers)

Kevn Kinney

"Kevn Kinney’s vision and songwriting haven’t wavered a bit — still pushing forward, not resting on (his) past, still creating vital, powerful music."
-Ink19 Magazine, March 7, 2014

Kevn Kinney is an acclaimed American rock/alt-country/folk singer and songwriter most widely known as the founder and frontman of the Atlanta-based band Drivin N Cryin. An accomplished musician, poet and painter, Kinney has released multiple critically-acclaimed recordings over his 29 year professional career including the gold-certified album Fly Me Courageous. He has performed and/or collaborated with the Allman Brothers’ Warren Haynes, REM, and Grammy Award-winning producer Paul Ebersold, among others.

In 2011 Kevn Kinney was honored by the State Of Georgia with House Resolution 387, recognizing the Drivin N Cryin band members for their contributions to the arts and for their ongoing charitable efforts. In 2013 the Executive Producers of F/X Network’s hit TV show Archer asked Kinney to produce 12 tracks (5 of which are pre-existing DNC/KK songs and 3 of which were written anew by KK for the series) for season 5 debuting January 13, 2014.

Drivin N Cryin’s current release, Best Of Songs, is a vinyl-only compilation of 2012’s - 2014’s EPs, released May 8, 2015 on Plowboy Records.

Kevn Kinney’s current release is Macdougal Blues Revisited Vol.1- a newly recorded version of 5 songs from his landmark, Peter Buck-produced debut solo album.

Michael Tolcher

I was born in Front Royal, Virginia and raised just south of Atlanta, Georgia. Music moved me to dance and sing at a very young age--I am indeed the family ham!

I wrote and recorded my first official album in 2004 called "I Am", which enabled me to tour the country opening for bands such as: Maroon5, Dave Mathews Band, Hanson, Blues Traveler, OAR, Gavin Degraw and many others. My music has been featured in several TV shows and movies --> "Scrubs", "One Tree Hill", "Sopranos", "Life As We Know It" among others. I had the privilege of writing music for HBO and several Hilton commercial campaigns including the 2008 Olympics, where they used my song "Speed Feels Better".

I learned piano around age 10 and guitar around 18 --- I wrote songs every several years when falling for a girl prevented me from sleeping. My favorite form of writing is in the moment... many call freestyling-- it's a mind bending rollercoaster that ignites my mind, body, and spirit....and seems to do the same for the audience 🙂

I released my new album, "Eleven" May 4th 2015 --> eleven years to the day since "I Am". I wrote and produced this one ... quite an epic undertaking and learning experience. I'm excited to be touring again and continuing my journey with one mission- to ignite the human spirit in myself and others thru music.

David Robert King

Born Catholic in a Mormon town, David Robert King has never been good at blending in. His often dark, occasionally humorous songs are unapologetically personal while grounded in the arid soil of his native Idaho. His songs reverberate with the sting of the high desert wind and the hidden fury of the Snake River. David has toured the world with rock, folk, and bluegrass groups, and extensively as a solo artist. He has shared the stage with Grammy winners and music legends including Josh Ritter, Loudon Wainwright III, Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Over the Rhine, Tim O’Brien, and Don Henry. In 2010, his debut E.P. "Take Me Home" was in the top 40 on the Folk Music Charts. In 2011 he released the full-length album Midnight in Gloryland to fan and critical acclaim before disappearing into the coastal northeast. In the summer of 2015 David was lured from hiatus by an invitation to the stage of the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN.

Mike Killeen

Originally from Athens, Georgia and now calling nearby Decatur home, Mike Killeen has released five full-length albums and an EP—and shared the stage with alt-country luminary Jay Farrar, Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama, and southern rock legends the Marshall Tucker Band. He counts Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Vic Chesnutt, and Uncle Tupelo among his formative influences.

Killeen’s most recent effort, “Ghost,” was produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) at his Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville and released in 2019 on Saturn 5 Records to worldwide distribution. “Ghost” features Killeen’s strongest set of songs to-date, and his collaboration with Coomer builds on his Americana roots, with a collection of tracks that straddles the lines between genres, including folk rock, pop rock, indie rock, and alternative rock. Killeen penned and contributed lead vocals for all nine songs, and played electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, and piano. Coomer said of Killeen: “Mike Killeen can take you to that place, the place of a lost love, that yearning we all have for someone, or he can paint the picture of human loss, that deep line that runs between life and death.”

On “Ghost,” expert accompaniment from Joe Garcia on lead guitar, Ted Pecchio on bass, and Coomer on drums—as well the textural presence of keyboards, mellotron, mandocello, loops, and well-placed harmonies by Kristen Englenz and Nathan Beaver—give the album its hard-to-label, but easy-to-embrace vibe. The lead single, “She Called Me Last Night,” kicks off the album and points to Killeen’s active return to writing, performing, and recording new music after a long gestation, with the closing lyric, “If you believe in this thing, and all that it means, it will follow you wherever you will go.” Other highlights include “Siren Call,” “You Ain’t Settling Anymore,” and “Decatur Cemetery (Section 14).”.

Killeen’s immediately previous work, “Poverty is Real,” was also released on Saturn 5 Records. Produced by Will Robertson, the record is a more muscular presentation of Killeen’s songwriting than found previously, with crunchy electric guitars and raucous crash cymbals appearing throughout. BeAtlanta.com called Poverty is Real, a collection of “beautiful arrangements and meaningful lyrics.” The title track was included in Salvatore Alaimo’s documentary, “What is Philanthropy,” alongside songs by Patti Smith and Ziggy Marley.

Amy Ray

Born: April 12, 1964, Decatur, Georgia

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